Molly Johnson in The Horologium by Michael Caldwell. Photo: Joseph Michael Photography

Dusk Dances Barrie
is presented by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers


Hosted by Anne Millaire

Caribbean African Dance movement workshop with Michael Mortley, accompanied by live music by Joe Adamick


Choreographed by Michael Caldwell

Performers: Sydney Keir, Ryan Kostyniuk, Zoe Kwan, Willem Sadler & Sarah Kennedy*
Original Music Composer and Vocal Performer: Anika Johnson

Original Costume Designer and Construction: Emily Tench
Additional Costume Designer and Construction: Valerie Calam
Set and Dress Designer and Construction: Michael Caldwell
Rehearsal Director and Outside Eye: Sylvie Bouchard

*A former apprentice of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers.

Follow the fantastical journey of an unobservant businessperson into the topsy-turvy world of a nine-foot-tall matriarch and three terpsichorean spirits.

“Thank you to Sebastian Cepka, Emma-Kate Millar, Megan Vance, Rhonda Baker, Molly Johnson, Anika Johnson, Meredith Thompson, Brodie Stevenson, Mairéad Filgate, and Yvonne Ng for their contributions to this work over the years.” – Michael Caldwell

First premiered as a Dusk Dances commission in 2011.


Choreographed BY Jaqui Brown in collaboration with the artists

Performers / Collaborators: Morgan Fehrman, Kasandra Chiaromonte,
Casey-Lee Cooper, Kaelyn Kitagawa, Lorelei Gordon and Mikayla Peck

Additional Collaborator: Chrissy Baxter
Music (mixed by Jaqui Brown): "Non Mitt" by Nick Wales & Bree Van Reyk,
"Refraction" by Drehz, "Suspicion" by Drehz, "Stone Tool" by Nick Wales
& Bree Van Reyk

Rock Paper Scissors is a piece that brings together elements of improvisation, play, and friendship. The performers come to life and explore a variety of movement patterns inspired by the beloved children's game, Rock Paper Scissors. Throughout the work the dancers come together to share movement and, in the end, realize we're all playing the game together.

This piece was made possible with the support of a City of Barrie project grant and In Harmony Dance and Wellness.

A Dusk Dances premiere.


Choreographed by Michael Mortley

Performer: Michael Mortley
Costume Designer: Michael Mortley
Rehearsal Director: Mellissa Bertrand
Music / Poetry Writer: War Orphans by Charlie Hade
Poet: Charles C. Smith / Voice: Atri Nundy
Outside Eye: Wind In the Leaves Collective through the CRP process

An interpretation of return. A return to self, a return to the place my body called home not just where the heart is. A place that holds no judgment for who you are and what you chose to be. No Return... no way back, just forward, through all adversity forward.

A Dusk Dances premiere.


Choreographed by Alyssa Martin in collaboration with the artists

Performers / Collaborators: Jaqui Brown, Eligh Zimmerman and Casey-Lee Cooper
Costume Construction: Alyssa Martin, Chrissy Baxter and Eligh Zimmerman
Costume Mentor: Angela Cabrera
Additional Collaborators: Maddie Foley, Kylie Egas, Cailyn Fournier, Marisa Carvalheiro and Lexi Cooper
Original Music Score: Alyssa Martin (based on a previous collaboration
with Austin Anonsen)

“Making Gem Trolls has been a wild ride. A beautiful, wild ride. From under the tarps in our living rooms with community collaborators, and sometimes dog collaborators, we worked together to find adventure in the mundane. Our only goal was to trust where our imaginations took us, to play and most importantly, almost radically, to not take anything too seriously. This collaboration contains the echoing and distinctly unique imaginative voices of every single collaborator who’s contributed; the heart and guts of the work emerged in their own unique way, just like we have.” – Alyssa Martin

This piece was made possible with the support of an Ontario Presents Microgrant and In Harmony Dance and Wellness.

A Dusk Dances premiere.


Choreographed by Throwdown Collective
(Zhenya Cerneacov, MairÉad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson)

Performers: Sydney Keir, Michael Mortley & Willem Sadler
Understudy: Ryan Kostyniuk
Costumes: Throwdown Collective
Music / Composer: Kid Koala and Parov Stelar
Set Construction: Larry Hahn

Set to the infectious beats of Kid Koala and Parov Stelar, BoxSet is an athletic dance for three performers and four wooden boxes that provide a dynamic moving structure for the dancers. Clad in blue overalls, the performers climb up, propel from and slide down their four giant props, continuously shifting them into surprising geometric configurations.

Throwdown Collective would like to thank the dancers for their dedication and willingness to throw themselves into this piece and all that it entails.

First premiered as a Dusk Dances commission in 2011.





Thursday July 14th to Sunday July 17th, 2022

6:45 PM - Dance workshop and live music begins

7:30 PM - Dance performances begin


Suggested contribution: $10 / person.
Bring your own chairs and blankets.


More info: 647.618.3240


See the Rain Cancellation Policy.


Lampman Lane Park is located at 59 Lampman Lane in Barrie, ON.




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